1. What is the success rate of kidney transplant in the Philippines?
It is very comparable abroad. 95% kidney survival in one year and more than 70% 5 year survival rate.
2. Will I be able to go back to work after the transplant?
Definitely yes! Usually after three months if the kidney function is stable.
3. How long will the operation last?
Usually on the average three (3) hours.
4. How long will I stay in the hospital?
About 6 days in uncomplicated cases.
5. What are the advantages of transplant over dialysis?
The advantages are: good quality of life, cost effective, better survival, and can go back to his/her usual activity and improve productive life
6. What are the procedures prior to kidney transplant will I undergo?
The usual which consists of non-invasive laboratory exams and thorough clinical evaluation (dental, cardiac, pulmonary, etc.) to assess a potential recipient’s suitability for transplant.
7. When can I go back to my usual sexual activity?
When you are feeling better and comfortable.
8. How many KT procedures do you perform in a year?
On the average, we perform 150 KT in a year.
9. When can I be pregnant after KT?
Pregnancy is usually advised 1year after KT.
10. What is the Organ Donation Program?
The Organ Donation Program of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute makes it possible for patients who are in need of an organ or tissue, to have a new lease on life. This is done by encouraging people to enlist in the organ donation program wherein they pledge to donate their organ/s upon death to patients in need of them. Relatives of possible cadaver donors are also asked to allow organs of their loved ones to be transplanted to waiting patients in need of vital and viable organs so that they may live normal lives.
11. What are the criteria for organ donation?
Only a small percentage of patients who die in hospitals meet the criteria for organ donation. Potential donors are patients who have developed “brain death”.
-are comatose, not breathing spontaneously and maintained on a ventilator/respirator
-have sustained irreversible neurological damage
-fixed pupils and no reflexes
-are free of sepsis and transmittable disease
-have no malignancy other than primary brain tumor
-have no history of malignant hypertension or renal disease.
12. Who can be organ donors?
Although living related or unrelated donors can sometimes give kidneys or blood, there are also other sources of organs.
These are people/patients who have been declared “brain dead” due to cerebral trauma; intracranial bleeding; primary brain tumor; anoxia secondary to drug overdose; cardiac arrest; drowning; or smoke inhalation
13. When is a person brain dead and why is he an ideal organ donor?
A person deemed “brain dead” is usually a victim of stroke, head injuries, or accidents, and is comatose, artificially breathing through a respirator, unresponsive to pain or stimuli, and has a total absence of brain function. The patient’s condition is irreversible and brain damage is permanent. In short, he is already DEAD.
“Brain Dead” patients are ideal organ donors since the function of transplantable organs can be maintained to keep them viable TEMPORARILY for a limited time. Cadaver kidneys after retrieval can be preserved for 36 to 50 hours. The earlier the organ is transplanted, the better the organ functions and the less difficulties a patient will experience.
14. Why not organ donation from relatives of patients?
Close relatives (brothers, sisters) who become organ donors are the most ideal. The odds of getting a good match or compatibility are higher when the donor is blood related. But there are cases when patients have no suitable living related that is the time he needs a cadaver donor.
Since we cannot predict when a suitable donor will be available, the patient meanwhile has to be maintained by expensive dialysis for kidney patients, for example. Sometimes, a patient has to wait for a number of years before getting a good match.